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dozens of pro-russia activists, many in a clash. today the city held visuals to commemorate the dead. at this hour ukraine inches closer to civil war. the military is stepping up its offensive. the conflict is spreading to other parts of the country. paul brennan has the latest from the eastern city of konstantinovka. >> reporter: burning cars and dabry were evidence of what looked like a day of fighting between ukranian soldiers and pro-russian separatists. vehicles and tyres became barricades, set alike to try to keep the government troops at bay. >> there's a lot of victims from both sides, from the civilians and fighters. people who were going to work were insecured jurd. there were a lot of injured and dead. shooting at buildings. >> a stockpile of petrol bombs were at hand. it didn't stop the vaps of vehicles, nor did the angry chants of residents. check points are controlling traffic in and out. >> not all traffic has been halted. after eight days in captivity, a convoy carrying a team of o.s.c. observers made it through. on a road side north of donetsk they embraced freedom w
evidence of what looked like a day of heavy fighting between ukrainian soldiers and pro-russia separatists. vehicles and tires had become makeshift barricades set alight to try to keep the government troops at bay. >> there were a lot of victims from both sides, from the civilians and fighters. people were going to work were going to injured. there were a lot of injured and a lot of dead. they were shooting from the tanks at buildings for about half an hour. >> a stockpile of petro bombs was on hand to throw at any soles that kale fear. it didn't stop the advance of armored vehicles, nor did the chants of residents. checkpoints are controlling traffic in and out. not all traffic has been halted. after eight days in captivity, a convoy carrying a team of osce observers did make it through. on a roadside north of donetsk, they embraced freedom with an overpowering sense of relief. a cable choreographed handover bringing an end to the eight-day captivity of the osce observers. >> you can't imagine. it's happiness. deep relief. on the situation, it was really tough. the last two nights, as we
. max im, good morning to you. odessa has been pro-russia, why are things coming to a head now? is this in response to conflicts elsewhere or have things always been this tense? >> what we see now is two hot spots in ukraine. eastern ukraine with an anti-terrorist operation that is being pursued in the east with an active battle going on on the outskirts of slovyansk. of course, top attention right now is on odessa, with that horrific day yesterday when we saw the deadly clashes. the death toll continues to climb, and right now we know of 46 dead. but a lot of injured people are still being treated in hospitals. >> max im, you mentioned the active battle happening in odessa and the conflicts. where is the conflict headed and what message does it send to other areas of ukraine. >> i think right now russia is trying actively to pursue the scenario to stablilize the situation in eastern ukraine. despite the public talks and statements from russian foreign minister or officials. what we have on the ground is that rush job operators are working there and the main goal is to get the
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. the elevated warnings from u.s. to russia to stand down. also tonight: the search for relisha. the search for her disappearance. one man's call on the air waves, that relisha is somewhere out there, waiting to come home. >> i saw her picture and it warms my heart. >> and chest pique bay. >> i've worked these waters for 40 years and i've seen a lot of changes not any of them good. >> a new challenges challenge. >> good evening everyone, joie chen is on assignment, i'm adam may. >> ukraine, southern port city of odessa, the deadliest day in ukraine, since the ousting of you viktor yanukovych. an attempt to reclaim eastern cities from pro-russian separatists. >> as forces battle to regain erin ukraine territory, more are dead and the region is further engulfed had flames. riot police overwhelmed in donetske, fell back, letting a pro-russian mob take over the office of the state prosecutor. moscow claims these are ordinary activists. kyiv charges at the very least, russia is pulling the strings, and some of those in the back are be russians, is at least two ukrainian helicopters were shot dow
is in a tight spot right now. coming up, what she is telling president obama about sanctions in russia. >> our current system has gone very far awry... >> there's huge pressure on the police to arrest and find somebody guilty >> i think the system is going to fail a lot of other people. >> you convicted the wrong person >> i find that extraordinarily disappointing... >> to keep me from going to jail, i needed to cooperate. >> the evidence was inaccurate >> they still refuse the dna >> somebody can push you in a death chamber >> it's not a joke >> award winning producer and director joe berlinger exposes the truth. from the inside... >> a justice system rum by human beings, can run off the rails. >> some say there's justice for all, but they're not in the system.. >> it shouldn't be easy to just lock somebody up and throw away the key >> ...nightmarish [ ] of reality, sometimes you can't win... >> an original investigative series. al jazeera america presents the system with joe beringer only on al jazeera america >> i'm joie chen, i'm the host of america tonight, we're revolutionary because we
the russian border at a dangerous new level. russia warns of consequences. >> we are right in the city and they don't even know how to find us. >> the brazen group, behind the attacks and kidnapping of african schoolchildren. >>> lethal respiratory virus spreading through the middle east. >> the egyptian wonders of the world. >> and celebrating a decade of singing in new orleans. >> and ukraine a country out of control. the military launched a new offensive against pro-russian forces in the east. between those that support the ukraine governments and those who want to join russia. we go to the port city of odessa. homa hamid reports. >> the trade union building was set on fire after a day of violent flashes between pro-russian and prounity fighters, the intensity of their smoke sent some jumping for their lives out their windows. dozens of others died suffocating. ukrainian police had been deployed earlier in the day but were unable orestrain either side. the clashes in o odessa underlie the problems that face the interim government. ukrainian forces launched a new offensive in the so-
are following for you. a meeting of the minds with german and the white house. and russia calling for an emergency meeting of the un security council. and a massive mud slide in afghanistan, the death toll could be in the thousands. ♪ >>> they stand united. that was the word from washington today as the president and germany's chancellor briefed reporters on the white house lawn. it was the first visit by angela merkel to the white house in three years, the two leaders discussing a wide range of issues talking about the crisis in ukraine and the nsa spy scandal that reported that perhaps her phone might have been tapped by the nsa. libby casey joins us by phone. and they seemed to be speaking from the same script. >> that's right, del. and one of the goals of this would be to portray a united front. the question is where do these countries go from here in terms of sanctions. even the new round of sanctions took a while to hammer out. and you could tell there are some differences when it comes to germany's goals and the u.s. goals in terms of how deep sanctions could or should go
. reports from inside suggest that it is tension but calm. >> okay, johnna hull -- engineers. >> russia and ukraine had both promised to deescalate tensions in ukraine as part of a deal. >> angela merkel set to meet with president obama. the crisis in ukraine and the stepped up sanctions against russia expected to top the agenda as libby casey reports, this is her first visit to washington since it was revealed that the inform sa was listening in on her conversations >> reporter: president obama and chancellor merkel will meet for four hours at the whitehouse as both leaders wrestle with how far to push russia. >> they will say we have to go together and when it comes to ukraine, we have to work together to put more pressure on putin. but the interests are different. >> the latest round of sanctions by the u.s. and european union stop short of hitting russia's oil and gas industry, an industry german is tied to. trade between the two countries amounted to $100,000,000,000 last year. >> we work closely with russia. we are to some extent even dependent on russian gas. for that reason, we
rhetoric from russia's president gets louder. in seattle, the mayor announce as plan to raise the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour, the high nest the united states.
federation has a monopoly of information within russia so it's harder for the truth to get back into russia. but it's not hard to get into ukraine. pretty much everyone in ukraine understands what's happening. as you said earlier, this is not a matter of whether the russians will invade ukraine. ukraine. >> what is putin's goal to create chaos, to make the elections a failure or is he trying to execute this putin doctrine of intervening wherever he thinks ethnic russians are threatened and create a new russian block endowmented by russia? >> all of the above. the first two things you mentioned, as you know and your viewers know there is a very important election coming up on the 25th may that is supposed to give all of the citizens of the supposedly independent sovereign state of ukraine a chance to elect a government to replace the extraordinarily corrupt and brutal regime that was really -- doesn't even deserve to be called a government at the end, of former president yanukovych. and what putin is trying to do is make sure that doesn't happen. that he can disrupt enough of the ukraine geo
the arrest. >> russia has nothing to do with this. there are units suggesting that our instructors are there. i declare: there are neither russian instructors nor special units nor troops there. >> and putin is threatening to retaliate against western sacks saying there will -- sanction -- sanctions. two cares? apparently not americans. registered voters across party lines want the u.s. to be less active on the world stage. joining us now from washington, d.c. is strobe talbot, president of the brookings institution served in the clinton administration from 1993 to 2001. for the new independent states of the former soviet union. pro-russian forces, are taking over, president putin denies involvement just as he did in crimea. for all practical purposes you are saying he has already invaded ukraine? >> he certainly has. these are not just pro-russian forces, these are pro-russian forces that are highly inif i recall traited by russian forces. what we are hearing from president putin is another stunning case of the big lie that we can remember from decades ago, which is now front and center. e
are standing, are sanctions impacting russia or its supporters in eastern ukraine? >> that's a very difficult question to ask. you'd have to say the ultimate intention of these sanctions is to prevent a russian invasion of eastern ukraine and if that invasion does not happen, was it due to the sanctioners not. i suspect we might be arguing about that for months or years to come, but as rewards the conduct of pro russian groups in the east, they don't seem deterred at all, quite the contrary. they seem more emboldened on each day, going very much on the offensive, they are on the front, sanctions or not. >> barnaby phillips for us in donetsk in eastern you a crane, thank you. >> parliamentary elections, first time they have headed to the polls since the u.s. pulled out in 2011. there are reports of attacks outside the capitol. we are at a polling side in baghdad. how has the turnout been so far where you are? >> this polling station in central baghdad, they are voting just through those doors, has about 3,500 registered voters, about 1,000 people have turned up so far. now what an independent
companies. vladimir putin said he would reconsider western energy companies participating in russia's energy sector if sanctions against his country persist. putin spoke the day after the u.s. and europe expanded the list of travel bans and asset freezes. he said there was no need for counter sanctions for now but he said that could change . one u.s. firm with a lot at stake is exxonmobil. it has very deep financial ties to russia's energy company. and on monday the u.s. added it to the list of russian facing sanctions. so far exxon's deal is not in jeopardy, but it under scores the modern best. policies does not always mesh with the interests of companies. >> reporter: russian president vladimir putin a picture of cooperation that continues despite escalating tensions over the crisis in ukraine. since 2011 exxonmobil has substantially strengthened it's ties with with a gas plant in the far east, developed oil fracking sites and joint $3.2 billion project to hunt for oil in the blacks sea and russian russian arctic waters. the trade access to billions of barrels of oil for engineering expert
been taken by russia. >> miami resident receiving a letter from the president about the unrest in venezuela. i'm excited that in the united states a person can write to the president and get an answer. >>> a flurry of once-private racist remarks triggered the most powerful punishment of a team owner in american special sports. after "clipper maid of the skies" owner donald sterling's recorded comments to a former girlfriend that it mothered him to see her -- that it bothered him to see her associate with blacks. is triggered protests. many demanded action. on tuesday, after an investigation it proved the voice was donald sterling, commissioner jakob silfverberg dropped the hammer. >> effective immediately, i am banning mr donald sterling for life from any association with the clippers' organization or the number of ba. i'm fining mr sterling $2.5 million, the maximum amount allowed under the n.b.a. constitution. as for donald sterling's ownership, interest in the clippers, i will urge the board of governments to exercise its authority to team. >> for more, let's go to silver sp
death threats and he and his family fled to kiev. >> some of those opposed to russia say they have had enough. this video appeared on youtube. these men are ukrainian patriots ready to fight the ipp vadors. divisions in the -- invaders. divisions in the east are heart nipping. >> coming up, above it all. drones, disasters and the faa. >>> plus on the front lints, battle over -- front lines. mississippi's last-remaining abortion clinic. all that and more >> good evening to you. welcome back to al jazeera america. i'm morgan radford live in new york city. we have a lot to cover this half hour, including risking it all - why a doctor is commuting to a mississippi health clinical the way from chicago. >>> a photographer chronicles cramped quarters where migrants live in chinatown. >>> and legalizing marijuana - the first count are to legalize pot. >>> the los angeles clippers are on the court of the their owner is not. he was banned for life and hit with a $2.5 million fine and the possibility of selling his team. >> the justices will decide whether or not police need warrants to search th
today. hundreds of pro-russian separatists storming the building today. meanwhile russia is criticizing the sanctions imposed by the u.s. and eu, but the west says those sanctions are needed because russia is destabilizing ukraine. the white house contains to maintain there will be no military involvement on the part of the u.s. >> typically criticism of our foreign policy has been directed at the failure to use military force. and the question i think i would have is why is it that everybody is so eager to use military force after we have just gone through a decade of war at enormous costs to our troops and to our budget. >> meanwhile the mayor of kharkiv now being treated at a hospital in high fa, israel. he was shot in the back. officials say he is currently in a medically induced coma. >>> secretary of state john kerry saying he has hoped for a deal in peace talks today, but both sides remain bitterly divided. nick schifrin is in jers lem, and the u.s. is saying this is just a pause, but are we actually seeing the end of any line? >> well, as you know, it's never really the end of t
. in 2010, north korea shelled a south korean island, leaving four dead. >> russia's biggest trading partner announcing bigger sanctions because of the ukraine crisis, e.u. saying there are tarts. the u.s. imposed sanctions against seven top russian officials linked to russian president vladimir putin. the u.s. saying it will freeze their assets and ban them from obtaining american visas. in ukraine, the division between those in favor of russia and those for a united ukraine are getting deeper. ukraine's parliament meeting in kiev over ongoing tensions in the eastern cities. we are in donetsk, ukraine. what is the reaction on the streets? do they think sanctions will change the reality on the ground? >> at the moment, there is not much reaction. i think it's irrelevant to what this region is going through at the moment. you won't see direct impact and many people don't understand what sanctions mean and how will it change what's happening here. yesterday with all impunity, gunman, the usual ones with their faces covered seized another local building. then there was these riots here in the c
cranks up the sanctions against russia, but i'm talking to a man who says america could kick in with military help for ukraine too. also oil and america's nay fwor the north. i'm looking at the controversy. plus there's a good chance your cable just changed. i'll have more on the wheeling and dealing. i'm ali velshi in los angeles, and this is "real money"
russia for its role in the crisis in ukraine.
, the riding tensions over ukraine and the new sanctions against russia. how will putin respond? sterling speaks. as sponsors flee and players protest, the nba own ter accused of racism talks. drivers not wanted. here comes the google car, hands-free, road-tested. it's ready. but are you? we begin tonight with the growing controversy surrounding peace in the middle east. it centers around comments made by secretary of state john kerry that have angered some israeli and american politicians. speaking of foreign dig nat taries on friday, he saidisition is in danger of becoming in his words an apartheid state: scariry was describing pos ticket sconsequences. reaction was swift, especially fromvannator ted cruz who quickly called on kerry to resign. >> i believe the secretary kerry has proven himself unsuitable for the position he holds and, therefore, before any further harm is done to our national security interests and to our critical alliance with the nation of israel that john kerry should offer president obama his resignation. >> tonight, secretary of state kerry apologized for the comm
siegenthaler in new york. crisis in ukraine, new economic pun lishment for russia, and new violence. >> translator: right now the government in kiev are the pub -- puppets of the americans. >>> russia follow the money. the billions at stake in the kremlin's standoff with ukraine. >>> storm track, dangerous and deadly storms ripping through the country, and recovery, the philippines battling back six months after a devastating typhoon. >>> tonight in eastern ukraine, violence exploded in the streets. pro russia activists crashed a pro-government rally. they beat protesters with baseball bats. and in another major city the mayor was shot in the back. now the u.s. is imposing more sanctions against moscow. this is the fourth time the ups has gone this route. this time the focus is on seven russian officials and 17 companies with close ties to vladimir putin. they will face travel bans and asset freezes. the u.s. is curving exports of high-tech products to russia. the european union says it will impose similar sanctions tomorrow. mike viqueira joining us now from manila. mike, what is t
time it will change russia's calculous, and they'll realize that this is a dead-end. you're right. this is a criticism that the sanctions don't go far enough. they have been pushing for broader deeper sanctions. now the white house has talked about what has already happened as a result of the individuals who have already been sanctions. there are several more individuals in in round of sanctions along with the 17 entities that you mentioned. but those entities are those who have been sanctions before. the gradual spreading out, cronies of vladimir putin, cronies and olagarts in the russian economy. it has already cost the russian economy $60 million in investment flight, the credit has been downgraded. and gdp has been downgraded. what has already been done has had some bite and adding to it this evening. >> the president is trying to build that united front when it comes to rolling out the sanctions. as we've been reporting, europe has deeper economic ties with russia than the u.s. are they willing now to be part of the united? >> well, this has been the problem all along, del, e
filing sanctions against russia for its actions in ukraine. the specific parts of the russian economy they are targeting. >> there must be sanctions that make it clear that the nba family will have zero tolerance for such conduct today, tomorrow or ever. >> the nba investigating allegations of racist remarks from the owner of the l.a. clippersers. how everyone from the players to the president is reacting to the controversy. >> arming cars to withstand bullets and bombs in a city with a long history of violence. >> good morning, welcome to al jazeera america. i'm del walters. >> i'm receive stay. parts of the united states are waking up to destruction caused by three tornadoes, at least 18 people have been killed by the twisters spawned by a powerful storm system. >> most of those fatalities happening in arkansas near little rock, additional deaths in iowa and oklahoma. >> tornadoes touched down in missouri near job lynn, the same small town where a tornado killed 161 in 2011. the storm system is expect the to remain active through wednesday. >> president obama saying the federal gove
is very concerned at how russia will respond to any use of force by these men. in the next town, artemisk, a demonstration in favor of russia. it's a small crowd although they do seem to have some support on the sidelines. pro-russians, control the government building in donetske, they had an unexpected visitor one of russia's most wealthy men, now trying to mediate in ukraine. but they call him a tak take itr antaketraitor andtell him to go. in donetske, took over the television station. and the police, such allies of the government in kyiv, stood by and watched it happen. but the largest crowds of the day were in the cemeteries. the days of the dead when the people go to meet their ancestors' spirits, natalia wonders. >> my relatives would be shocked if they could see what was happening. they would say you have to fight for our blood, in ukraine. my brother lives in russia and i live here. i'm worried my son will be taken into the army. >> she's part of the silent majority that wants peace. a majority that feels powerless to stop the drift. barnaby phillips, ukraine. >>> tens of thousan
is very concerned at how russia will respond to any use of force by these men. >> in the next town, a demonstration in favor of russia it's a small crowd although they do seem to have some support on the sidelines russians control room the buildings. they had an unexpected visito, once one of members of the jury before he fell out with vladimir putin, now trying to mediate. they call him a traitor and tell him to go away. in donetsk armed pro-russians took over the t.v. station. the ukrainian police, such unreliable allies of the government in kiev stood by and watched it happen. the largest crowds of the day were in the cemeteries. this is the day of the dead, when people go to meet their ancestors' spirits. nat natalia warns her dead relatives and wonders what they would make of all of this chaos >> translator: my relatives would be shocked if they could see what is happening. they would say: you have to fight for ukraine. my brother lives in russia, and i live here. i am afraid of war, and a war that my son will be taken into the army. >> she is part of the silent majority th
, the ukrainian navy was no match to russia's display of power. with less men and equipment now, it's hard to see how there could be any resistance if russians were once again to show up at their doorstep. hamid, al jazeera, southeast ukraine. >>> be sure to stay with al jazeera america for the latest developments in ukraine, not to mention the reactions to two entirely new saints and the rest of today's top stories, you can always like us on facebook by simply searching al jazeera america. south korea's prime minister resigned today over his government's handling of the tragic ferry sinking. he is the highest ranking official to lose his job in the wake of this disaster and his resignation comes after relatives of the victims say the government mis handled that accident and they really didn't do enough to rescue or to protect their loved ones >> the right thing for me to do is to take responsibility and resign as a person who was in charge of the cabinet. on behalf of the government, i apologize for many problems from the prevention of the accident to the early handling of the disaster >> meanti
to release the o.s.c.e. delegation, at least the foreigners. >> president obama said that russia has not lifted a finger to help. economic sanctions should be enough to start a deescalation. >>> south korean prime minister chung hong-won is standing down, taking responsibility for the ferry disaster. the president has accepted the resignation. anger at the government response to the disaster led to the resignati resignation. >> reporter: 11 days, days marked by grief, anger and recrim nation. the prime minister decided to take the fall. >> translation: the right thing to do is take responsibility and resign. on behalf of the government i apologise for many problems, from the prevention of the accident to the early hand lipping of the disaster. >> on the day after it went down south korea's president chut chunk in charge of the effort. supervising the multi-agency response and put him in the firing line. at one point when parents of missing children threw a water bottle and scuffled with him. and again when he stopped the car leaving the island of jindo. relatives were furious about t
against russia. european xdiplomats are said to have an emergency meeting on monday. they are talking about deescalating tensions on the ground. secretary of state john kerry and his continuerpart spoke on the phone and asked to stop ukrainian actions against pro-russian demonstrators. the prime minister cut short a trip to italy because of the tensions in the east. >> russian military aircraft, today at 9:00 crossed and violated ukrainian airspace for seven times. russian aggression has its aim to undermine the global security and global stability to redraw the lines and to revise the consequences of the second world war. >> also, from moscow, promising to help release european monitors in eastern ukraine. more on that >> reporter: on both sides, funerals are becoming political events. this time, it was pro-russian sep rat te separatists laying a hero to rescue in slovyansk, killed by ukrainian soldiers two days ago, now a martyr for his cau cause. ukraine is with russia. long live donbas. >> it's also in slovyansk that the observers are being held by pro-russian gunmen who said one
the same as today. the decision of the u.n. the u.s. russia, and was that these organizations would not recognize until they fulfill three conditions, one was to improve the agreements between israel and plo, and the third one which could be the most important one, to recognize the state of israel. they are not willing to agree on none of these three conditions. >> that's the perfect chance to turn to mustafa, you were at the ceremony where the two sides declared this settlement going forward. was it understood from the beginning that this was going to end israeli participation in any talks? >> well, i've been listening, and it's very strange to hear what was said. because the israeli representative is blaming the plo for having negotiations with hamas while israel itself has held negotiations with hamas itself for a cease-fire. and israel has seen no problem, now they want to prevent those things were unifying their ranks. let me first tell you what israel is about, because i think the american audience doesn't know enough about israel. israel is a country that is practicing terror
to act urgently to intentionfy targeted measures to increase the cost of russia's actions. meanwhile, the ukrainian prime minister cited escalating tensions with russia >> russian military aircraft. today, at 9:00 crossed and violated ukrainian airspace for 7 times. it's clear that russian aggression has -- is aimed to undermine the global security and global stability to redraw the lines and to revise the consequences of the second world war. >> in an effort to calm things down, moscow is promising to help win the release of european monitors being helped captive by pro-russian separatists in eastern ukraine. more right there near the russian border. >> ukraine's intelligence services says one of the hostages or prisoners, if you like, held by the russian gunmen in the town of slovyansk is in urgent need of medical attention. the russians have said that they will work for the release of this osce delegation, which is potentially good news. for ordinary people here in eastern ukraine, for all of the tensions, life does go on pretty much as normal on a very beautiful spring day. weddi
russia. >>> plus, the path to saint hood. hundreds of thousands flock to roam for the canonization of not one, but two popes. >>> on high alert - weather services warning people of violent storms. [ singing ] >>> and shakespeare at 450 years old. we honour the most recognised playwright in history. >>> good morning to you. welcome to al jazeera america. i'm morgan radford live in new york city. the rhetoric in the ukrainian crisis stepped up a notch with bold declarations made by kiev lawmakers. the ukrainian prime minister accused moscow of wanting to start world war iii echoed by the deputy foreign minister at the united nations. >> do you fear that the russians are on the verge of an invasion? >> yes, we have the information that we are in danger. that's why we call upon russian authorities to explain for what reasons they keep so many troops along our borders. >>> but those allegations have done little to slow down russian military drills along the border, prompting u.s. and e.u. officials to impose more sanctions against moscow. mike vick aira is travelling with president obam
jazeera america . >> vladimir putin can down play it, but there is no doubt that russia is feeling the jesussed from the sanctions. what sanctions america can use to force the russian president's hand, and the el niÑo weather pattern could effect the world's food supply. we'll look at the business of firearms and believe me business is booming. i'm ali velshi, and this is "real money." >> this is real money. this is the most important part of the show. tweet me ali velshi or on facebook.com/ali velshi. it has been a week of escalating tensions between ukraine and russia, but it took a sunday down grade to break the back of already jittery world markets. a global down turn in stocks crossed the atlantic and hit the dow and s&p 500. the nasdaq took a bigger hit, 1.75%. investors may have reacted badly to the lowered russian bond rating that is now one notch above junk status. visa's stock fell 5%. still standard & poor's decision to down grade russia's credit rating hit like a bolt of lightening. the s&p with a record flight out of russia. $51 billion since the beginning of this yea
♪ >>> on "america tonight," stepping it up, new clashes raise the anti-for ukraine, russia, and the people caught in the middle. >> on my way to college i see tanks. is it scary? of course it is. >> reporter: and more signals the u.s. is ready to take a stronger hand in resolving the crisis. also tonight the fight against frac-ing, fearing health risks, ground contamination, and falling property values, communities rise up to challenge natural gas drillers, now ruling. >> i pleaded with them to help us; that we were all sick, and no one from this company would even call me back. >>> and batter up, keeping america's youngest athletes running, and headed toward a home run on the diamond and in the game of life. ♪ >>> and good evening. thanks for joining us. i'm joie chen. for every bit to tamp down what looks like a growing crisis in the ukraine, the pressure seem only to ramp up with new explosions and tensions bursting forth. among the latest actions the united states has -- says russian fighter jets flew into ukrainian air space. and the ukrainian government continues to
vladimir putin with a new round of sanctions if russia continued to stall on crisis. >> president putin is not a stupid man, and i think recently acknowledged that this has already had an impact. and certainly if the situation gets worse and sanctions are broadened to an entire sector, impact. >> for more i'm joined from london by the u.s. ambassador to the organization for security and cooperation in europe, the osce. what have you heard about the certain observers in slaviansk? can you confirm that they have been detained? >> i have seen the reports about the terrorist tactic of kidnaps which is really disturbing, and certainly we becry that. there is an ocse monitoring mission on the ground. the reports are these are not members of that monitoring mission. separately there are military observers invited by ukraine under a document called the vienna document, that have been rotating through over the last couple of months. the reports seem to indicate that this is a team of those observers, and of course yes ear very concerned about their well-being, and we decry this kind of terrorist
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